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What is Post-Modernism, functionalism & Marxism? What is 'The Matrix'? And what have these three got to do with 'The Matrix'? These questions are very difficult to answer some would say and others wouldn't have much of a problem.

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'The Matrix' What is Post-Modernism, functionalism & Marxism? What is 'The Matrix'? And what have these three got to do with 'The Matrix'? These questions are very difficult to answer some would say and others wouldn't have much of a problem. Firstly, Post-Modernism, some claim, is replacing modernity. It's being done by the loss of faith in science and rationality. These types of thoughts developed mainly from the 1980's onwards and increased sceptism about theories of a better future. However these thoughts are in a relativist position, which denies that there are absolutes in any area of human knowledge. People believe that social positions of the informer are informed. Secondly, Functionalism means "structures, which fulfil the objective to maintain a system". This basically means functionalists try and maintain order and peace in society. Lastly there's Marxism. This is totally the opposite to a functionalist perspective. Marxism tries to create conflict between people and it always picks up on the negative views within society or organisations. You're probably thinking what has all this got to do with 'The Matrix'? Well, 'The Matrix' as we all know was one of the biggest hit films in America and the UK. ...read more.

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The red pill keeps Neo in the 'fantasy' land and the blue which takes him back to his normal life where he forgets everything. Neo decides to take a really big chance and stay in the land of fantasy and takes the red pill. This shows a major type of Post-modernism, wanting to know more, wanting to know about other realms, and basically being really curious. It also shows a modern view as it didn't take much time for him to decide what he wanted to do. Having taken this pill Neo is 'Re-Born' in a totally different way and is picked up by this strange looking creature and is thrown down this shoot to the other crew members. A number of people would definitely say this is creating a Jesus like sense; being 'Re-Born' and again this could cause conflict between some groups. So Neo decided to leave his 'modern' style life and live in another 'Realm'. A few tests are run on Neo and he is given the all clear through Morpheus. Neo meets all his other crew members, some of their names being Tank, A-Poc and Switch. After this Neo is taken to a computer program where he battles with his leader Morpheus, Neo begins to realise he can do things he had never done before, such as fighting Kung-Fu style. ...read more.

Conclusion

He agreed with the 'Agents' that he would do anything to get out of the 'Real world' and return to 'The Matrix'. This is definitely a Marxist view, as he is trying to create conflict whereas the other crew members are trying to create some form of order in the 'Real World' while they battle it out with tank. Unfortunately for tank he is defeated and the rest manage to get back safely. They all begin to panic about Morpheus because they know that if anyone dies in 'The Matrix' dies in the 'Real World'. Neo decides its time for him to shine and takes the matter into his own hands. This again can be seen as a functionalist perspective as he wants to create order but in order to do this he is going to create conflict. He returns to 'The Matrix' along with Trinity and seeks out Morpheus. The two groups battle it out and finally they reach a result. Neo defeats the 'Agents' and realises he had powers which he never knew he had. However, Morpheus dies and Neo takes over the role of being 'The One'. Overall we can see that there are functionalist, Marxist and Post-Modern perspectives throughout the whole of the film. Some for good, some for bad, but which are which is for you to decide. At times it's about your own personal views or opinions. ...read more.

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